Oil Analysis: Past, Present and Future Part 1
Systematic oil analysis began in the late 1940s with the railways. The early applications were oriented toward avoiding catastrophic and costly failures of engines in operation. Success in rail engines prompted the U.S. Navy to begin experimenting with used oil analysis on ships and aircraft engines in the 1950s. Additional successes by the Navy motivated the U.S. Army to begin using this form of analysis in the 1960s, and it was at this point that the fledgling field of oil analysis began to resemble a career path.